My collection

Components of my collection, named "History (evolution) of cassette-recorder":
I will exemplify with Philips items for the following reasons:

  • (I) this company was the inventor and/or promoter of many audio & video domestic products: cassette-recorder, video-cassette-recorder, video-laserdisc, compact disc player, achieving nearly all technical variants of them, mainly with its own conception;
  • (II) some of its inventions served as models for other companies' products;e.g. Sony, Sanyo, Hitachi, General Electric, Telefunken and others;
  • (III) For about 17 years after the launching of the first cassette-recorder (1963), Philips was the world leader of this item.

a) It contains nearly all constructive variants of the cassette-recorder and its combinations (with radio, pick-up, etc), highlighting the technical progress of this item:

Development of electronic part:

Mechanical part development:
b) contains samples of the first cassette-recorders in the world, in different constructive variants, and their next models: c) contains most of portable models (most sold items) made by their inventor (Philips) in the first 11 years from the lauching of the first cassette-recorder: from EL 3300
First world's "compact-cassette" recorder
1963
to RR 722
Radio casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1974
;


d) contains items which were first of series and/or high-end series: Philips: EL 3300
First world's "compact-cassette" recorder
1963
, N 2000
Casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1971
, N 2400
Casetofon stereo stationar
Philips 1969
, AR 060
Radio-casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1977
, AR 774
Radio-casetofon portabil stereo
Philips 1977
, CD 100
Primul compact-disc din lume
Philips 1982
, RR 800
the first European stereo portable radiorecorder
Philips 1972
, N 5846
Casetofon deck de inalta fidelitate
Philips 1981
, DCC 300
Casetofon deck integral digital
Philips 1993
, DCC 951
Last digital deck of the company
Philips 1994
, AZ 1000
Combina portabila stereo cu casetofon, radio si CD
Philips 1996
, Sony: TPS-L2
Primul walkman din lume
Sony 1979
; NT-1
Primul reportofon digital cu microcaseta
Sony 1992
; Grundig C 100 L
Casetofon portabil mono
Grundig 1965
;


e) contents samples of previous cassette-recorders (radio, reel-to-reel tape recorder, pick-up) and successors (video-recorder, laser video-disc, cd player): Philips 930 A
Radio cu tuburi electronice
Philips 1931
= tube radio from 1931, Philips 204 U
Radio cu tuburi electronice
Philips 1946
= smaller tubes radio from 1946, EL 3555
Magnetofon stereo
Philips 1966
= tubes and transistors reel-to-reel tape recorder from 1966, Philips EL RK 5 L
Magnetofon portabil
Philips 1966
= portable reel-to-reel from 1966, AG 4000F
Pick-up portabil
Philips 1966
= portable pick-up from 1966, Philips VLP 700
Video disc cu laser
Philips 1980
- video disc from 1980; first CD player in the world - Philips CD 100 - 1982);


f) contains Philips samples from 38 consecutive various type groups, such as: EL, N, RR, AR, D, F, C, and in some of them there are consecutive items , such as: N 2000
Casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1971
> N 2211, AR 060
Radio-casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1977
> 090
Radio-casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1980
, or samples from each subgroup, such as: RR 313
Radio casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1973
, 425
Radio casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1976
, 522
Radio-casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1973
, 622
Radio casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1974
, 722
Radio casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1974
, RR 800
the first European stereo portable radiorecorder
Philips 1972
; AR 090
Radio-casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1980
, 108
Radio casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1981
, 248, 374
Radio-casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1978
, 499
Radio casetofon portabil mono
Philips 1979
, AR 580
Radio casetofon portabil stereo
Philips 1980
, AR 664
Mix recording and cueing radiorecorder
Philips 1978
, AR 774
Radio-casetofon portabil stereo
Philips 1977
.


g) contents items with unique/artistic design: Bang & Olufsen Beocord 4500 and Beosystem 10;

h) contains rare items, others than above mentioned:



All the information above is based on the reading of technical guides/catalogues of main companies during 1958 - 2007, internet documentaries, electronic books and personal experience of the author from repairing some of them.